Lake Como, Italy
Getting There: Train & Ferry
TIP: Make sure you don’t miss the Lake Como stop and accidentally end up in Switzerland.
Accommodation: Lake Como Youth Hostel La Primula, Menaggio
Reason: We booked a private room but what we actually got was 2 bunk beds to ourselves - strange. I would suggest looking into rooms with a lake view because from what we could see they were absolutely stunning!
We loved staying in the middle of the lake. From the town of Como, at the bottom of the lake, we hopped on a ferry and stopping in other towns along the way until we reached Menaggio. This beautiful spot on the lake is ideal for traveler's because there are many restaurant options and adorable shops as well as a summer market. This area is also great for young traveler's because there are boat rentals, swimming areas and the lakes best hostel.
Around Lake Como...
Villa Carlotta Gardens
This would be great for a half day tour to look and admire the beauty of the gardens.
Como is an incredible spot for hikers. We loved doing this climb to the abandoned church on the top of the mountain. This hike was perfect time for us 2hours up and about 1 ½ down. We chose to walk to the starting point of the hill from the hostel and stopped to admire the massive Italian villas along the way. The view from the top of the mountain is totally worth the hike - the entire lake below and the swiss alps in the distance - you really can’t beat it!
For 100 euros you can rent a boat for 3 hours and tour around the lake - so relaxing. We loved that the boat company we went with gave us a map of the A-list spots to check out including Richard Branson’s villa and the villa where Star Wars was shot.